787 voters have cast their ballots early in Polk County after the first week of early voting. From Tuesday, February 18th through Saturday the 22nd, 787 registered voters stopped by the Polk County Office Complex on Pine Street in Mena to perform their civic duty to vote in the March 3rd Primary Elections in Arkansas.
Turnout is expected to continue to be heavy this week as several races on the ballot are attracting local interest.
Besides the Republican and Democratic Presidential Primaries, there is a hotly contested race for Court of Appeals Associate Judge District Four Position Two between Emily White of Malvern and Stephanie Potter Barrett of Texarkana. District four includes 15 counties in Western Arkansas including Polk, Scott, and Montgomery Counties.
There are several local races that are generating plenty of interest too. Patrick McDaniel and Andy Riner are squaring off in the Montgomery and Polk County Circuit Judge’s race for the 18th West Judicial District of Arkansas. The winner succeeds Judge Jerry Ryan, who is retiring this year.
Voters in the northern part of Polk County are helping to decide the District 21 Arkansas State House of Representatives race between Marcus Richmond and Jim Reynolds.
There are two School Board races in Mena. For Position One, incumbent Todd Aynes is being challenged by Brandyn Gortemiller. For Position Two, incumbent Robert “Robby” Hines is being challenged by Calvin Cummings.
Early voting at the Polk County Complex on Pine Street in Mena continues weekdays this week from 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. You can also vote early on Saturday, February 29th from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. and on Monday, March 2nd from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
KENA 104.1 will have live election coverage with Chris Daniel and Curt Teasdale when the polls close at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, March 3rd.
See sample ballots on page 8, page 9 and page 10 of our printed and digital copy of the Polk County Pulse.